In a world where magic is tightly controlled, the most powerful man in history must choose between his kingdom and his son - in the first book of the New York Times bestselling Lightbringer series. Perfect for fans of Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb and Joe Abercrombie.
EVERY LIGHT CASTS A SHADOW.
Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.
When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
With over four million copies sold, Brent Weeks is one of the fastest-selling fantasy authors of all time.
'Brent Weeks is so good it's beginning to tick me off' Peter V. Brett
'Weeks has a style of immediacy and detail that pulls the reader relentlessly into the story. He doesn't allow you to look away' Robin Hobb
'I was mesmerised from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writers' work' Terry Brooks
'Weeks has truly cemented his place among the great epic fantasy writers of our time' British Fantasy Society
Books by Brent Weeks
The Black Prism
The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror
The Burning White
The Way of Shadows
Beyond the Shadows
The Kylar Chronicles
Night Angel Nemesis
Perfect Shadow: A Night Angel Novella
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel
With this complicated fantasy about family politics, bestseller Weeks (The Way of Shadows) moves into familiar territory. An unloved, orphaned boy is the offspring of someone important; twins assume each other's identities; an aged ruler clings to power. Weeks manages to ring new tunes on these old bells, letting a deep background slowly reveal its secrets and presenting his characters in a realistically flawed and human way. Gavin Guile is facing his final five years as leader of a magical college whose members turn colors of light into various materials. Seeking to rectify the lingering wrongs from the war against his twin, Dazen, he is instead forced to acknowledge a bastard son, face down a corrupt governor, and stop a challenge to the state religion. Frequent perspective shifts keep the reader guessing as to who is heretic and who is hero. Author tour.
Great reading perfect set up for more!
Much improved writing and story from Mr Weeks that still has me wondering who is really the good guy in all this.
The fantasy this story is built on is brilliant and I look forward to
Being able to explore this world in more detail in the next books!
Original, Readable & Excellent Characterisation
I read this book on the recommendation of an old mate. My two-week 'vacation' in a very climatically-changeable Cancun was enough to see this one away. What I like about this book is the fact that the author has been, in no way at all, lazy: every character, relationship and back-story is believable and in some way 'true'. The truth of this book is that each of us can rollover or stand up and create from the light around us. A good theme, a good story and a crackin' read! I've already started reading book two!
Trying not to be to superfluous with my words, I would definitely bestow on this book the title of 'Greatness'. That is, great characters, great world, great story, but even greater plot twists. This, and the subsequent book are constantly finding new ways to surprise you, and it's always a good thing.